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Easy Peasy Burlap Bow

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Here I am again with a new phone trying to figure out how to blog. Oh joy.

This morning as I was drinking my coffee, I started thinking about these fabulous burlap flowers that our creative vendor (and friend), Geri, makes. I adore them. Money is super tight right now so I figured I would make some myself.

I looked up burlap flowers on Pinterest (my addiction). I had already cut a square of green burlap trying to make it on my own. Fail. I found a tutorial and saw that my first mistake was that I had cut a square instead of a strip. So I simply cut partially up the middle if my square, kind of turning it into a strip.

The key to the gathering wasn’t needle and thread like I feared, but rather counting over 4 threads if the burlap and gently ( and I must emphasize gently!) pulling it so it gathers. How easy was this?

And because I had essentially split my square, I had 2 sides to do this on. And in doing that, I found that instead if a flower, I had the cutest bow!

So I grabbed a twist tie from the garbage bags, twisted it around the center, cut a circle if felt, found an old button and attached with Elmer’s glue (only because I couldn’t find one of my hundred other bottles of tackier glue as I am totally disorganized) sigh.

Anywho, easy peasy bow!

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Market on Moss!

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Mark your calendar for the Spring 2015 Market on Moss. It will be held on May 30 at 2380 West Moss in Peoria, IL. Join us for a day of fabulous shopping and food in a quaint outdoor setting

 

Mod Podge is Back!

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Make Book Page Pumpkins

(photo courtesy of the Graphics Fairy) 

We are having another Mod Podge class. We will be doing the transfer method as well as the traditional mod podging. It is being held next Tuesday, September 24 from 6 pm. to 8 pm. Come join us! Give us a call at 309-264-0716 to sign up. 

Upcoming Beginning Chalk Paint Class

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Yep. We are having another beginning chalk paint class on this Tuesday the 23rd from 6 pm to 8 pm. The cost is only $48. It is a hands on class where you will get to experience for yourself how to paint an item with the paint then wax that item to seal it. We use Webster’s Chalk Paint Powder with latex paint. The wax we love to use is Fiddes Wax which we also carry in our store. We now have 4 colors of the wax…clear, light, rugger brown and jacobean. Oh the fun you will have! To sign up you can stop in the store or call/text 309-264-9716. We look forward to having you paint with us!

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Upcoming Vintage Market!

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Upcoming Vintage Market!

A Change’s A’comin

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So, it is a Wednesday night and I am home in my cozy garden apartment slightly bored and for once, not exhausted. I am itching to change something. Hmmmm. Should I rearrange the front room for the millionith time? No. I actually am happy with the way it looks. Should I paint my back stairs? No. I am not sure I want paint on the flaking cement. What to do, what to do.

Then it hit me. I spend my time painting really cool furniture
to sell and my own furniture looks like before project pieces. That was what I was going to do. Paint my kitchen chairs.

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I had bought these chairs because they reminded me of my Grandma Laird. She had similiar ones in her dining room. Well kind of. Hers were shiney wood with needlepoint flowered seats. Mine are missing the bottom of the legs, dull wood and covered in a fabric that has nothing natural in it. Sigh. So…perfect for a re-do.

I enlisted the aid of my son, Jon, and gave him the job of being upholsterer supreme. He took the seats off and went about cutting up this fabulous curtain to cover the ugliness. These were oh so wonderful curtains. They had vibrant green and blue birds on them. Orange floral dillies graced the background. I loved them.

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I had been debating about what color to paint the chairs. I really really wanted them to be a high gloss orange but all I had was a flat white. That would do. Maybe later when I had some money, I would paint them high octane orange. So I started off painting them.

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They looked fairly fantastic. I loved the cleaness of the chairs. They looked so fab that maybe I wouldn’t paint them orange…yet.

Jon got the seat covered and WOW! They were just what I needed to satisfy that changing urge.

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How wonderful is this?! Luckily it was past my bedtime otherwise I would be painting everything in sight, white.

So went my Wednesday night.

Chicken Wire Mannequin

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Doesn’t look like much. Just some chicken wire cut and folded in half. But wait…

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After some expert squishing…

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And more squishing…

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Voila! A mannequin ready for adornments. I am thinking for my next masterpiece, I will put some old cloth on the inside or maybe spray paint the entire thing hot pink.

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She is now in our front window at the store covered in tissue paper flowers. How fun!

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